I’ve always loved butterflies with their symbolism of freedom, hope and rebirth. They are such beautiful creatures who seem so fragile with their paper thin wings and delicate bodies. Butterflies are deceiving in their fragility as they are so tough, able to endure the elements and able to fly huge distances.
It amazes me that the fragile-looking monarchs fly all the way from Mexico to Canada each spring. I don’t see as many monarchs as I used to when I was a kid and that makes me sad. I did see one this summer on a bike ride around the farms where I live and I took lots of photos of it to commemorate the day. I loved one photo so much I've been making cards of it and have it up on Zazzle as poster and a card.
It’s incredible to think of the transformation butterflies go through in their life stages from a pupae to a caterpillar, to the cocoon and then the metamorphic transformation to a butterfly.
Imagine my delight to hear about the special Butterfly Exhibit at the Nesbitt Biology Building at Carleton University this week.
Monday morning my son and I ventured over to have our special time with the butterflies.
When we arrived, a long line snaked out the door with everyone from babies to seniors waiting their turn to interact with the butterflies.
Finally it was our turn to crowd into the hot humid greenhouse crammed with tropical plants, flowers and butterflies!
Instead of being awkward and claustrophobic among strangers, there was a happy family feeling as everyone took photos of each other’s butterflies. We smiled and laughed as we passed around our butterflies that were drinking from the orange wedges.
Some like the giant Owl butterflies weren’t shy at all and landed on people’s shoulders, much to everyone’s delight.
It was such a simple and magical time interacting with those butterflies. My son and I enjoyed our experience so much and came away feeling calm and rejuvenated. We look forward to going back again.
Wow! Cat, how lucky you are, to have those beautiful winged creatures sit on your palms! I have loved these right since childhood...truly a work of art by our Creator!ReplyDelete
They truly are a work of art by our Creator, Shilpa. I agree. Exquisite creatures of such delicate beauty but yet so strong, too. We enjoyed our visit a lot and it meant a lot to Rory who loves the butterfly symbolism.Delete
Oh my, what pretty pictures! I love butterflies and think such happy thoughts when I spot them :) True epitome of being carefree and living in the moment.ReplyDelete
I agree, Shailaja. Butterflies are the best and always make me feel good and in the moment. My son loves them, too, and the symbolism of them.Delete
Oh how pretty they look!ReplyDelete
I love the ones that have blue in them. They look so royal :)
Aren't they lovely, Soumya? I felt so lucky to have that time with them. Thanks for stopping by. I promise to write you soon!Delete
They look gorgeous. Amazing photographs too, Cat!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sid. We enjoyed our visit with the butterflies. It was so therapeutic and of course I enjoyed taking photos which is my favourite thing to do!Delete
Wow! Great pictures! And those are some huge butterflies. O_OReplyDelete
Thanks, Loni. Nice to see you! Sorry I haven't been over to see your blog for a while. Must do that. Yes, those owl butterflies are quite impressive. I couldn't get over how tame and friendly they were landing on everyone so easily.Delete
Beautiful photos! What a wonderful experience that must have been. Great bonding time for you and your son, Cathy.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Debbie. We really enjoyed our time communing with the butterflies and the butterfly lovers. A simple but enjoyable experience and you're right, it did help my son and I bond.Delete
What a wonderful experience! Lovely pictures :) It is amazing, their transformation. We can learn so much from these winged beauties!ReplyDelete
Thanks for dropping by to comment, Aditi. They are such lovely and gentle creatures, so delicate but yet so tough, too. I just love them.Delete
Oh, dear Cathy - as you know- am a kindred spirit about the love for butterflies.. the most beautiful creatures... Can imagine your joy to interact with them - and your son coming as well - thats beautiful! Loved this post:-)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Eli. It was a lovely experience and a healing time for both of us.Delete